April 29th, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Image by Thomas Graves
Why are there cannons on Compo? Why do murals around town show Redcoats on the beach? WHS will host a fun kid-focused talk sharing the answer to these and other interesting questions about the 241st anniversary of the Danbury Raid.
Youngsters will get to hear about how the only inland raid in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War began with 1,800 British troops landing at Compo Beach. Danbury raid expert, Ed Hynes, will share this exciting part of history in own back yard and highlights an interesting aspect of the war: the extent to which local Colonists were divided for and against the Revolution.
Mr. Hynes will bring to life historical events that occurred right here in Westport, discussing “things quite smart and not so smart” on both sides, including how “the Brits outwitted” the Patriots on their return to Compo. Kids will get to see and feel reproduction objects that soldiers, and civilians, might have used!
Recommended for grades third through sixth. Suggested Admission: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members. Please register here.